Are you drinking too much water?

Are you drinking too much water?

Are you drinking too much water?

Wait… don’t you mean “are you getting enough water?” Nope. Too much. Didn’t think that was possible, did you? That’s not surprising in a world that tells us water is king. But did you know that the whole “8 glasses a day” thing is a myth? And did you know that you can be doing some major damage to your body if you over do the H20?

Are you drinking too much water?

  • Do you carry around a water bottle to drink throughout the day?
  • Do you think drinking a tall glass of water will help curb your appetite?
  • Do you pee frequently, including during the night?
  • Is your pee clear as the day is long?
  • Do you think that’s a good thing?

If you said “yes” to any of the above questions, chances are you are drinking too much water.

But water is essential for life!

I know. I know. Water is good. It’s essential, even. So please don’t take this as a “water is bad” post. Water is good… if it’s in the right amount. And it can be bad if it’s not. Really bad.

Are you drinking too much water? You may be surprised.

Water Intoxication

Rapid intake of too much water floods the inside of cells when sodium is depleted. This sodium depletion, called hyponatremia, can rupture the cells, either from extra pressure on the cells from without, or from pressure within flooded cells. As cells rupture in various parts of the body, certain symptoms emerge, and usually quickly.

What kind of symptoms? Well, things like vomiting, headaches, confusion and disorientation. If things progress this can lead to more serious things like seizures and coma. Untreated cases have resulted in death. (Like this recent case, or these other sad cases, for example).

Of course these are extreme situations of water intoxication. Generally speaking, we hit the danger zone when we take in more water than what our kidneys can process in a hour. And for someone with extremely healthy kidneys that is about 30 oz. of water in a hour (please don’t drink that much!). Drinking too much water in rapid succession can prove fatal and should definitely be avoided.

But you don’t drink THAT much so you’re okay, right?

I’m hoping that anyone reading this blog isn’t doing anything extreme in the name of health. Extreme diets are probably more dangerous than sitting on your butt all day and eating junk (not that I recommend doing that). So even though you’re probably not in danger of dying from water intoxication doesn’t mean you can’t improve your health by getting the right amount of water instead of just more.

Drinking too much water: How much is too much?

Like most health conscious folks I was diligent with my water intake. I carried a water bottle with me almost everywhere. I always had a tall glass next to me as I worked at the computer. I never drank soda, punch, coffee or alcohol (still don’t). Other than a glass of milk at breakfast, every other meal was washed down with good ol’ H20.

My world was rocked early this year when I read this article by Matt Stone. Rocked because I finally realized that I was drinking too much water. I also learned that drinking too much water can do some damage long before you ever enter the danger zone of death by water intoxication.

Drinking too much water can lead to:

  • Decreased metabolism
  • Decreased mental clarity
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Cold hands/feet
  • Decreased emotional well being

So you know… it can basically put a major wrench in your day… not to mention your health.

But what about dehydration?

Water is important, but most of us probably don’t need 8 glasses a day. In fact, scientifically speaking, there is no real evidence that suggests this number has any real benefit.

Are you drinking too much water? You may be surprised.

“Drink your weight in water” and other lies.

A few years ago Heinz Valtin, a kidney specialist from Dartmouth Medical School, wanted to know if the common advice to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day could hold up to scientific scrutiny.

After scouring the peer-reviewed literature, Valtin concluded that no scientific studies support the “eight x eight” dictum (for healthy adults living in temperate climates and doing mild exercise).

In fact, he found that drinking this much or more “could be harmful, both in precipitating potentially dangerous hyponatremia and exposure to pollutants, and also in making many people feel guilty for not drinking enough. Not a single scientific report published in a peer-reviewed publication has proven the contrary.” (American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiolog, 2002).

Dr. Margaret McCartney in the British Medical Journal discusses research which reveals how drinking when not thirsty can impair concentration, rather than boost it.

Glasgow-based GP Margaret McCartney says the NHS Choices website’s advice that people should drink six to eight glasses a day is ‘not only nonsense, but thoroughly debunked nonsense’. She adds that the benefits of the drink are often exaggerated by ‘organisations with vested interests’ such as bottled water brands.

And while we’re debunking the 8 glasses a day myth, let’s talk about two other water-related falsehood:

Myth 1. Thirst is a sign you’re already dehydrated.

It is often stated that by the time people are thirsty, they are too late. But according to Valtin, thirst begins when the concentration of blood (an accurate indicator of our state of hydration) has risen by less than two percent, whereas most experts would define dehydration as beginning when that concentration has risen by at least five percent. In other words: Thirst is a good sign to start drinking water. No need to guzzle before you feel the need.

Myth 2. Dark urine means you’re dehydrated.

Lately I’ve seen a “pee guide” going around the social media outlets. Seems most people are aiming for clear pee. But at normal urinary volume and color (meaning, there IS color), the concentration of the blood is within the normal range and nowhere near the values that are seen in meaningful dehydration. As Valtin explains, “the warning that dark urine reflects dehydration is alarmist and false in most instances.”

So how much water should I drink?

That’s actually not an easy question to answer. So many factors affect our needs from what we eat to the weather. Obviously there are times when more water is appropriate, like after/before intense exercise or if you are in extreme heat. In other words: If you body is losing water (like sweating), then replenishing those fluids is essential. .. But unless you are an extreme athlete or spend a lot of time in a hot climates you probably need less than what you’ve been previously told.

Listen to your body. This is my “go to” advice for most health practices because our body is packed full of useful signals to help us keep it happy… with one little snag: The problem with over-hydration is that a symptom of drinking too much is dry mouth and excessive thirst. So there may be a period of “challenging your body’s signals” while it gets back to a more balanced state.

I like Matt Stone’s advice for this one:

If you have very clear urine and some health problems like anxiety, chronic fatigue, migraines, yada yada, you should work hard to get some color back into your urine – in effect increasing the glucose and electrolyte concentration of your cells.  I’m not talking about dehydration,  just ideal hydration.

If you are peeing a lot, make sure you’re getting adequate salt into your diet, too (as over-hydration means we have an imbalance of our salt to water ratio). Don’t skimp on the real salt, people. And don’t feel like you have to “wash down” everything you eat.

Are you drinking too much water? You may be surprised.

I’d also recommend Matt’s new book, Eat for Heat, if you want some practical advice on getting your fluids at the optimal level. (Learn more about his book here.)

I improved my health by drinking LESS water

As someone who has always had extremely low blood pressure (something our medical world doesn’t pay much attention to because there’s no drug for it), chronic insomnia, frequent night pees, and  a water fetish… I started putting the puzzle pieces together. I was definitely drinking too much water. And it’s been a gradual process to find what works for my body. I’m getting better at listening and responding to my body’s signals and hydrating more appropriately. And guess what?

  • I sleep WAY better
  • I don’t get up to pee throughout the night (Hallelujah!)
  • I get fewer headaches
  • I have more energy
  • I think clearer
  • My ridiculously low  blood pressure has come into a normal range!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Excessive thirst is a cardinal sign of dangerously high blood glucose levels that REQUIRE medical attention. An undiagnosed diabetic may have a blood sugar level of 600 and not know it, and their body’s way of diluting the sugar is excessive water consumption. It’s always best to talk to a health care professional if you have any doubts.

So… are you brave enough to go against the most popular health advice ever given? Your body just might thank you, if you do.

 

Sources:
http://www.herald.ie/news/courts/man-26-died-after-months-on-lowsalt-diet-3228358.html
http://www.wisegeek.com/can-drinking-too-much-water-be-unhealthy-or-even-dangerous.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2014112/Drinking-water-bad-health-Benefits-myth.html
http://chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.htm
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill
http://180degreehealth.com/2012/02/how-much-water-should-you-drink
http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/it-possible-drink-too-much-water
http://calorielab.com/news/2006/05/28/8-glasses-of-water-a-diet-urban-legend/

Are you drinking too much water? Learn why it is possible to over do the H20. www.thankyourbody.com

 

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163 comments

  1. Sarah

    How much water did you find you seem to need? It seems that if I don’t drink when I’m not thirsty in the morning I get really thirsty after dinner and I don’t like to drink then because it usually makes me have to go potty before the morning.


    1. Post author
      robin

      It really depends on the day and what I’ve had to eat. I try to stop drinking water by 7 or 8 pm so I don’t have to pee at night. But I usually still have a SMALL amount of water first thing in the morning because my body wants it. But I make sure to have a breakfast that’s not too water-based (I avoid smoothies or lots of “just fruit” type things… fried eggs and toast with some raw milk seems to work for me). I’ll save more water-based foods for the afternoon and evening to sort of “gear up” my body for the night fast.

      The thing is everyone is so unique. I’d start by paying attention to your urine and adjusting slowly while listening to your body. Hope that helps! :)

    2. Jill V.

      Robin, as a medical professional I wish that you would add an important tidbit in case somebody Googles drinking too much water and stumbles upon your entry. Excessive thirst is a cardinal sign of dangerously high blood glucose levels that REQUIRE medical attention. An undiagnosed diabetic may have a blood sugar level of 600 and not know it, and their body’s way of diluting the sugar is excessive water consumption. Your article could save a life if you make this ESSENTIAL disclaimer!

  2. Eskara

    Well, that makes sense. I’ve always thought the 8 glasses a day was non-sense. After all, a 300 lb person is going to need far more water than a 90 lb person! Saying that every single person in the world needs 8 glasses a day is like saying every single person needs to wear the same size shoe; we’re all different and it’s just not going to work.

    That being said, I’ve clearly fallen for every single one of those myths! I actually had an app installed on my phone that reminded me to drink water when I was at work. I was so proud of myself when I got up to drinking 6 glasses a day! 6 is what I thought was ideal for someone of my weight and activity level. I would actually strive for near-clear pee and was proud of myself when I achieved it; although I loathed how often I had to go to the bathroom.

    I honestly don’t have a very strong thirst drive. Using that water drinking app, I realized that without it I would typically only drink 3 glasses of fluid a day, mostly tea. But, I eat lots of fruit and veggies, which do have a high water content. And, I’ve got a third kidney that works, so I’m particularly efficient at processing fluids.

    I uninstalled that app months ago because it was a battery hog. Now, I’ll stop beating myself up for only drinking three glasses of water in a day instead of 6.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Isn’t it liberating to not have some sort of guilt-driven number hanging over your head? If you’re thirsty, drink. If not, don’t. So simple. :)

    2. Katie

      Wow. 3 kidneys?! Have you ever considered donating your 3rd kidney to someone who really needs it? I know it’s intrusive but you could make the difference between someone living or dying. I have a friend who lost a kidney due to illness when he was young and then had his other kidney fail on him as an adult. He very nearly died butm luckily his sister was a match and gave him healthy functioning kidney. You could be that miracle in someone’s life. Just a thought. :)

  3. Joanna

    Well done you! This comes back to moderation and listening to your body as well. Too much of a ‘good’ thing is still too much. If more realised that less is more I think we’d be in a good place!

  4. Eileen

    It’s a worthwhile perspective to consider and seems to point toward the maxim: “Moderation in all things” … including water. That said, what is up with the Matt Stone worship across the blogosphere? I just can’t take anyone seriously who recommends junk food for health. I think speaking against restrictive dieting definitely has a place, but he seems to go for shock value and mass appeal, leaving people’s health behind in the process. Matt is not moderate.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Ha! I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a Matt Stone worshiper (although I do agree there is a lot of talk about him around the health world). I think he makes some valid points and has done a lot of good for people who have been sucked into extreme diets. I also think he has some valid points on restoring metabolism and why that is important. With that said, I personally think whole real foods will always win out. I do appreciate his call to “eat the food” as so many people are stressing themselves out from worry about what to eat… which is never good for our health. I also think metabolism is part of the picture (and that certain “junk foods” *might* help restore that faster), but I think nutrition and lack-there-of (pesticides, GMOs, highly processed foods, etc) are another part of the picture that have long term effects. So I don’t personally buy into the eat junk food aspect.

      For me, I like to read as much information as possible… see as many view points as possible. From WAPF, Paleo, Low-Carb, Veg*n, etc. I think all points have something to add and it’s about making sense of it all in a way that respects the human body’s design and our own personal biodiversity. For me, the water factor has a made a huge difference in my overall health and so I can’t shove Matt under the bus even if he’s a little rough around the edges (nor does that mean I believe or follow everything he says). :)

        1. A

          Everyone here stating that Matt Stone across the board recommends junk food to restore health/metabolism has not taken the time to read and understand his posts. He most definitely recommends whole real foods when tolerated. However, there are some people that have messed up there health so much that they most importantly need to et easily digested calorie dense food in first, heal then move onto the whole foods. Someone with a damaged metabolism, digestive system and state of mind may not get the nutrients and calories they need by eating raw salads and harder to digest foods, at first.

          Geesh, I get so frustrated when people over generalize, misunderstand or blatantly do not read all the information and take away the most shocking piece of information…

          1. lisa

            I totally agree with this. if you read his work, he really doesn’t advocate everyone eating junk food. he simply says that in some circumstances for some people for a short period of time, it may be the easiest way to get what you need and be able to digest it and process it.
            I am not by a long shot a Matt Stone “worshiper” in fact his writing style drives me insane, but he does have a lot of good information. Amber Rogers of Go Kaleo also has a lot of great info on supporting healthy metabolism, body recomposition, and healthy, sustainable weight loss.

      1. Eileen

        Thanks for your reply, Robin. Matt can push my buttons, but you’re right that he has made some goods points, too, so I shouldn’t dismiss him altogether. I appreciate your balanced perspective.

  5. Rachel

    I have really frequent headaches… Maybe this is why! Water is all I care to drink, so thanks so much for this post!

  6. Caroline Lunger

    ok BIG wake up call here!!! Honestly I should be really worried. I drink ALOT of water, but my body craves it like a mad person.

    I wake up and drink a quart of water (32 oz) oops already stressed my kidneys. I eat breakfast (no water for 30 min before or after) at least I know to do that. Then I do a sauna or run and drink another quart or two… and go on about my day and usually after accupucntrue or chiro drink another quart. I then drink nettle tea or a big big cup of bone broth. and I always keep a quart of water by my bedside.

    I am wayyyy overdoing it! I don’t even know my bodes thirst signal anymore! a week ago my younger sister (who drinks very very little water) commented on how much water I drank after I gulped down a whole quart of water while talking to her. Soo I think you both are right. So this week I have tried to cut down on my water intake and it has been hard.

    I have all those symptoms (cold hand and feet, I wake up to pee about 4x (SOOO annoying!), frequent headaches, I pee like every 30 min during the day, and yeah the emotional “fog” I get if I drink too much. I always thought that water was really important especially if you have fluid retention problems- like me. though maybe my fluid retention is because my kidneys are weak, because I drink too much water, making my problem worse, and so on. I also thought that all those symptoms were because of my low thyroid- but it could be both.

    I tend to have a tight puffy face in the morning so I thought, well more water for me. Guess not! Today I went to the dr/chiro and they took my blood pressure. I was so low and quiet that they had to take it 10x and the nurse had to call in someone else to try and take it (i was staring to get a little worried). Thank you so much for writing this article. I guess as healthy as we think we are, there is always something to work on! ok this comment is a little too long, so sorry.


    1. Post author
      robin

      I hope it helps, Caroline. I know it was a wake up call for me. The hardest part was getting through the first few days when I felt so thirsty because my body was over-hydrated. But after a week or so it became so much easier to actually know what my body needed and respond. Good luck! Hope you are doing well!

  7. Analise

    Hi! What would you suggest for breastfeeding moms? I drink sooooo much water but I find my milk supply is very easily compromised if I don’t… Thoughts?

    Many thanks, Analise


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Analise,

      I think BF moms need to be careful and make sure they get adequate calories and liquid. I know that when I was BF a newborn I felt thirsty all the time. (Although that was back when I was drinking more than I needed to). I’m still BF a toddler and I’ve noticed that as I toned down my water intake that I don’t feel those same “I NEED SOMETHING NOW” urges. And my milk supply has been fine. If nothing else, I would recommend drinking something with minerals to keep your body more balanced. Raw milk or even adding a little salt to your water (place it under your tongue so you don’t get the icky salt water taste) may help. Or just balance the liquids with a little bit of fat (cheese is always good). Above all listen to you body. :)

  8. Sandra

    Eyeopening! Thank you.

    It really does sound like I am indeed drinking too much water, hm.

    I already had a suspicion because I was recently following the daily routine of an asian specialist for colon surgery – and was puzzled at how little water he drunk. But when I actually followed his advice, I felt really good – Funny that…

    Your thought-provoking article definitely reinforces this idea, which is very liberating for me because I was getting a bit obsessed with having to have water bottles with me at all times… ;-)

  9. Katherine @ Green Thickies

    Very interesting!
    I have always wondered what is the optimum level of water for our bodies.
    I suffer from an overactive bladder so I go far more often than most people and have always been like that. Supposedly it’s more a faulty signal telling my brain I need to go rather than my bladder being full, as I’ve been for ultrasounds and have been told my bladder has been empty even though I’ve felt desperate for the toilet.
    I don’t suffer from any of the listed health problems so not so concerned that I’m drinking too much although I do eat a lot of water rich foods.
    When I went on a raw food diet for 6 months I rarely needed to drink at all as I got all the water I needed from my food but I did go even more often than usual which is one of the reasons I gave up the diet.
    I also agree that thirst is a good indicator of thirst. But when I feel thirsty I might start to get headaches so don’t like to allow myself to get thirsty. I also got extremely thirsty at the start of breastfeeding when my baby was younger but not as she got older.
    I’d never heard of Matt Stone so thank you for introducing me to him. Interesting concept about metabolism but agree that I want to completely avoid junk food!
    Thank you so much for getting me thinking once again!

  10. Rachel

    This makes alot of sense. Thanks for covering this topic! However, it raises a question about breastfeeding. Everyone is always saying drink lots of water to keep up your milk supply… can we be harming our bodies in the process?


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Rachel,

      I would still make sure your getting enough calories and liquid while breastfeeding. Check my comment above about it. ;)

  11. Kayla

    I never believed the 8 glasses a day thing, obviously people have different needs based on size and activity level. I read a book called Your Body’s Many Cries For Water that recommends you drink half your body weight in ounces. That makes more sense to me, although on a day when I’m less active that seems like a bit too much, but overall it feels like a more sensible guideline.


    1. Post author
      robin

      It definitely at least recognizes that we are different sizes. But still, depending on the water content of the food you eat on any particular day, it’s still a general guideline that misses some key points. :)

  12. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    I’ve heard a number of times recently about drinking too much water. One of the points was that we don’t think about the fluid in the fruits and vegetables we eat and count that towards our daily intake.

    I definitely need to drink water when I wake up, and I also find I’m more tired when I drink less than 3 24 oz jugs of water daily. But overall, I don’t think of myself as dehydrated or overhydrated. I’ve probably found my balance.

    Thanks for sharing this at Motivation Monday!

  13. Monica

    Wow! So many myths that I’ve always heard! I’ve never been a big fluid drinker, and I always thought that I was surely damaging my health. Interestingly though, when I was in nursing school, I would always have a water bottle to sip on during our 4 hour lectures. After those long classes, I would always have horrible intestinal discomfort and cramps. I always thought it was just from sitting too long, but maybe it was all that water that my body wasn’t used to!

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  15. Paula @ Whole Intentions

    Thanks for this article! I often wondered if I was drinking too much, and your research gave a satisfying answer. :)

    Thank you for sharing this post at Healthy 2day Wednesdays! You’re post will be shared on Facebook and Twitter this week!

  16. Charlotte

    You raise some important points, but i do still believe MOST people don’t drink enough water, so i’m very cautious of advice that we should be drinking less. I personally struggle to drink enough and feel way better when i drink more. Have you come across the book ‘Your Bodys many cries for water’ also Elwin Robinsons ‘The Easy Exhaustion Cure’ Both advocate drinking lots more water than the average person typically drinks.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Yes, it’s good to remember that everyone is different. And the most important thing is to listen to your body’s signals (both thirst, and what your urine is telling you). It seems that super health conscious people tend to be the most guilty of drinking too much water. :)

  17. Rachel

    Not worried about this. My body has always craved lots of water because it has lots of toxins to deal with. If I’m peeing in the night, my body is excreting toxins. If I’m not having regular BMs, then I know I’m not drinking enough. I’m also not afraid of salt whatsoever. Bring it.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Mary,

      I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but I would think that it would count as you use water to make it (right? Ha! Just shows how little I know about coffee).

      1. Mary

        I’ve heard both sides of the caffeine debate. Some say anything caffeinated shouldn’t be counted towards your liquid intake and others say it doesn’t matter. So I was wondering which is correct.


        1. Post author
          robin

          Ah, yes. Don’t you love how both sides have “proof” that they are right? I don’t know the answer, but if you listen to your body you’ll probably be fine either way. :)

          1. Elizabeth

            It’s just the way that caffiene stimulates your kidneys– it revvs the cells that are processing blood, and they extract more water, which is dehydrating. It used to be said that you had to drink a glass of water to make up for every cup of coffee… our pediatrician told us this year that it is now considered a hydrating drink.

    2. lisa

      according to Matt Stone’s Eat For Heat, anything liquidy counts, including fruits and veggies with high water content, coffee, tea, milk (especially low fat milk), etc.

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  22. Betsy

    Another great one! I have discovered that eating water-filled vegetables or fruit (without getting into how much and when) first gives me mineral and vitamin balanced ‘water’ – which is what nature intended for satiation. Fermented vegetables apply also which adds enzymes and probiotics galore. “Water” as we think of it should be secondary, your body will let you know. Right on and thank you!

  23. Tara

    I recently purchased a water ionizer. I started out at a neutral pH of 7. Gradually I increased it to 8 and now I am drinking water at a pH level of 9. I won’t make it any higher than that. Since drinking ionizer water, I found that I actually need to drink less water. I also rarely get headaches any more or digestive issues, but this also has to do with avoiding certain foods such as gluten, processed foods and sugar. The higher pH may be balancing my system. It’s too early to know for sure.

  24. Ally E

    Wonder what you’d have to say about me, I started drinking more and more water since I was 19. I’m 25 now. I was always one of those people who liked taste of water better than juice or soda. The summer I was 19 i started feeling thirsty a lot, so I’d drink more water. It became like a cycle of drink-pee-drink-pee. After I went to the toilet (almost every hour) I’d immediate would have to have a full glass of water because I’d be so thirsty. So now I probably drink 4-6l of water a day, that’s 140-210oz a day. That’s a sedentary kind of day. If I’m running around at work and sweaty I’d be drinking even more! And when running around at work the amount I pee out is very minimal. As if I drink 60oz and pee out 5. I have read that drinking too much is not good for you… wonder what is normal amount for my body, because I’m confused.

    1. Ally E

      also would like to add I don’t wake up to pee at night, even though I drink a glass of water right before bed, it’s the last thing I do


    2. Post author
      robin

      Such a great question, Ally. I really don’t believe there is ONE answer for every person… and each person is so unique. Sounds like you are drinking a lot, but if you don’t have any symptoms of over hydration I wouldn’t stress too much. If you suffer from headaches, fatigue, cold hands/feet, insomnia, etc. then I’d maybe consider taking a closer look. The point of this article is that we are all different, no general guideline will fit everyone, and that crazy-health-nuts (like me) can *sometimes* go overboard with good things, like water. :)

  25. Vickie

    I don’t know what planet you live on but most people in the US are suffering from chronic dehydration due to excess salt and fat consumption, as well as a lack of water. Alcohol, cigarettes, prescription medication, supplements, high fat/protein diet, pollution, cooked food, and just about everything under the sun can dehydrate someone. Unless you are urinating clear 8-10x per day, you are suffering from dehydration. Urinating during the night is natural and a sign of hydration. I highly suggest that the next time you write an article on such an important topic you take time to do legitimate research. The adult human body requires no less than 3 liters of water/day for normal metabolic functioning.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Vickie,

      Clearly we don’t see eye to eye on nutrition, and that’s okay. But I did provide legitimate research, including studies from highly respected doctors (kidney specialists) and researchers who could not find a single scientific study that actually proves the 8 glass of water a day myth. And personally, I don’t think our body was meant to be peeing 10 times a day. And while I do agree that there are probably a lot of people suffering from dehydration, I think there are probably a lot of people also suffering from over hydration. That’s the whole point: Listen to your body and don’t over do anything. Because the reality is that there are people actually DYING from drinking too much water.

      Finally, while I appreciate comments that challenge or present different points of view, I don’t always appreciate being told I have no legitimate research, particularly when you claim all sorts of things in your comment without a single source of information to back it up. Please feel free to comment, but make sure you do so appropriately.

      Thanks! :)

  26. Lisa C

    I’ve been hearing this about water over the last couple of years. I’ve never tried to drink a certain amount of water–I have always been excessively thirsty and easily drank more than eight glasses a day. Probably twice that. The interesting thing is that as my health has improved, I’ve been less thirsty. So for me, it was the other way around–improve health, lessen thirst. I still drink a fair amount of water, though, just less. I can almost make it through the night without a pee, but then, I do sleep up to ten hours–I could probably make it 7 hours. I used to get up twice, now once. I drink according to thirst. If I ignore my thirst too long I’ll get a headache. If I don’t drink enough over the course of a day, I’ll have difficulty with bowel movements the next day. So even though I drink more than the average person, I think this is better than getting dehydration symptoms.


    1. Post author
      robin

      You sleep 10 hours! I am sooooo jealous! :)

      Yes, the key really is INDIVIDUALITY! It’s great that you have found what works for you.

      1. Lisa C

        LOL don’t be jealous of my sleep…I wish I had more time to do stuff during the day ;)

        Agreed about individuality. My husband drinks much less than I do and only has to go the bathroom twice a day. How nice! (He’s also healthier than I am.)

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  29. Poppins

    Whoa! I always have icy fingers and toes, difficulty falling asleep, headaches, and yes-clear pee. I also drink at least 10 glasses of water a day, am always thirsty, and can’t get around without my water bottle. But here’s the thing- if I drink less, I get head aches and feel generally lousy, until I drink a few glasses of water, then I feel quite refreshed. Am I over hydrated? Under hydrated? Don’t know? Can’t tell?
    I would love to hear your (unprofessional of course, I understand that you probably have liability issues) opinion.
    Thanks, P.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi P!

      Obviously, I’m not an expert. But it sounds like you are drinking a lot of water. And unfortunately, when your body is used to that much water you will get headaches and feel crappy while you try to adjust back. If you can handle it for a week, your body should be able to get to a more stasis place. Can’t say for sure what the ideal amount of water is for you… but maybe just try reducing one cup a day until you feel better? Good luck!

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  32. Jennifer

    I am always thirsty after meals… have you come across anything about that in your research? It is no matter how much I have drunk throughout the day (I only drink water/milk). And even when I drink a lot of water- 60 oz- I will only pee 2-3x/day. I also crave sugar after I have eaten. I keep trying to find answers but haven’t come across anything.

  33. silas

    SO CONFUSED . . . I try drinking 60 oz plus of water i pee 8x a day and i put on weight drinking water and not the good kind. Sometimes it feels like i was in better shape when i was going out every night. I also crave something sweet when im done eating, no idea what thats about. Oh well heres to finding what works for you.


    1. Post author
      robin

      I’d check out Eat for Heat (linked above in the article). It lays a good foundation on how to balance the whole water, sugar, salt stuff so that your body is functioning more optimally. Good luck!

  34. Karen

    I actually lost weight by increasing my water intake. I have an office job, and most days I sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day. I started to get frequent headaches, from a combination of not enough water, staring at a computer, and being inside all day. I started keeping a water bottle on my desk and drink two bottles full every day at work, which is about 40-50 ounces. In just three weeks, I found I had lost weight and my headaches disappeared. Moral of the story, water is not the enemy.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Water isn’t the enemy. You are right. It’s essential for life. But so is salt. And so is the balance between the salts, sugars, and water in our body. The key is finding what works for you and NOT over-diluting your cells because you think you need some magical number.

  35. Melissa

    I was just having the conversation with my husband yesterday about how much water a person is “supposed” to drink. I mentioned some confusion over the various “rules” about how much a person needs.

    First it was 6 glasses, then it was 8 glasses, then it was 12 glasses. Then someone came up with “take your weight, cut it in half- drink that many ounces per day” Unless a 300 lb person is an extreme weight lifter in a hot climate who also likes to run half marathons, I can’t imagine why they would need 150 ounces of water a day. So that equation didn’t make sense to me either.

    Thanks for posting this, I never understood why I would need to force myself to drink additional glasses of water if I wasn’t thirsty.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Yeah, it’s amazing how simple it is when you listen to your body. Drink when you are thirsty. Simple. :)

  36. Morgan

    I have recently (as of the past couple weeks ) started to carry around a water bottle with me wherever I go. The past few days I have started to feel thirsty ALL the time and sometimes pee up to once an hour when awake. But this is so sudden. It’s only started happening lately. I’ve begun drinking a 24 ounce bottle many many times over a day. However I am a college student who gets little sleep, sometimes has to eat the cheap bad foods, walks everywhere, and sits in class for hours at a time. What do you think?
    Also, I’ve been reading through all the responses to your comments and you are SO polite, friendly, encouraging to everyone and take their input into account. I was wary about the facts you were presenting at first but after reading your comments I so respect and value your thoughts!
    Thanks


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Morgan!

      Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them.

      It’s hard to say exactly what’s going on… and obviously I’m not a doctor… but it sounds like you are probably drinking more than you need to. You shouldn’t need to pee that often throughout the day, and usually that’s a sign that your cells are just drowning in fluids. I don’t think it’s bad to carry a water bottle, but only drink when you are really thirsty. Of course, this may take some “backing off” for a week or two while your body readjusts. Unfortunately, one of the symptoms of both dehydration and over-hydration is thirst. So I’d pay attention to your urine and how often you pee. Ideally you should only need to pee 4 – 5 times a day. Of course, getting adequate sleep and good nutrition will help, too. Listen to your body and let go of any “rules.”

      Good luck!

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  38. Elizabeth

    Ugh – is it a sign that I’m overhydrated if I am totally anxious about trying to drink less water tomorrow? lol I have every symptom listed and have for years, especially the constant peeing, cold hands/feet and chronic thirst. This is so interesting and I’m really curious if it will help my symptoms, I’m just not sure I have enough will power to stop drinking my tea and water all day! :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      Good luck. You may want to start by eating fruit when you are thirsty. It’s still a lot of water but it has some other things your body needs at the same time.

  39. Wendi

    Hm, interesting article. I just read the late Dr. “Batman’s” book, “Your Bodies Many Cries for Water” and started doing what he recommends and as a result I have noticed many improvements in my daily functions. Have you read that book?


    1. Post author
      robin

      I haven’t read that book… and water is essential to good health. It’s also a great method for detox which could explain the positive results. Just be sure to keep in touch with your body. If you start noticing any of the above symptoms you may want to back off a bit.

      1. Wendi

        That I will! Thank you! And I listed the name of the book incorrectly, it’s really called, “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” and the author’s full name is Fereydoon Batmanghelidj. :-)

  40. Ali K

    I do believe this and have had doctors confirm. Listening to your body is so important. I need a lot of water…..I drink on average 72-80 oz a day, my urine is rarely if ever clear, and I start getting shaky and irritable if I haven’t had enough by the afternoon, I don’t even drink it with my dinner (outside of restaurants). On the other hand my mother is good with a couple glasses a day or her skin dries out – yes dry skin from too much water – people think she’s crazy. Very good post.

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  43. Emily Marr

    This is me! i drink between 5-7 litres of water a day on average. going to try ‘giving it up’ for a week and see – aided by rehydration tabs. we shall see. thanks!

  44. Bec

    Thanks for this article. I have very low blood pressure caused by low blood volume. Doctors have suggested i drink 4 L of water a day (aka16 glasses). I am now suffering from everything you have listed, and my bp is lower. Going to reconsider my options.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Yes, do! Just keep listening to your body and adjust as needed. Our body’s needs change depending on activity level, weather, etc. Good luck!

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  46. Renee

    Hi! I was totally shocked when I read this. My minimal water intake is 200 oz. Its not unusual for me to drink 50 oz. In a matter of minutes. And I have cut back a little I was up to close to 400 oz. a day. I am always thirsty and tend to drink more water I’m the evening and nighttime. I also have a very low salt intake diet. I sweat constantly have very bad headaches. Extreme lower back pain and now also very very painful and swollen lower legs (so bad it hurts to walk or even put pressure on them). I don’t sleep well. I spend lots of time in the bathroom. My feet are always cold and now my hands and arms have been getting closer a lot more too. My doctor blows me off about the my legs and all they want to do is give me injections in my back which is making it worse. Since its my lower back could it be my kidneys and not even my back? I weight 208 and was trying to help loose weight by increasing my water intake. I had fallen and hit my back in the kidney area 10 years ago and have suffered from back pain since then the bruise was the shape and size of a full size football. Nobody has even checked my kidneys before. Where do I go from here. I am miserable I have zero energy and am so sleepy all the time. I am only 36 and have 4 kids, a two year old grandbaby with another one on the way in Aug. I don’t want to get any worse. I always feel ssoooooo thirsty now do I cut back and should I have my kidneys checked? Really worried now.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Wow, Renee… I’m sorry. Sounds like a rough go right now. I can’t give medical advice, but if it were me I’d definitely cut back on my water intake. I’d check out the Eat for Heat book I mention as it gives some good tips on how to balance out the cellular fluids and hopefully restore some of the issues going on. It’s very possible that your back pain is kidney related, but again, I can’t say that for certain. It wouldn’t hurt to get your kidneys checked, but I don’t know if most doctors will agree with my “less water and more salt” stance. While you are transitioning through the thirsty period as you cut back, when you feel thirsty grab some fruit or put some real sea salt in some orange juice and drink that. Try to get more fluids that have natural sugars and salt in them since that’s more what our body’s fluids are like. That will hopefully help you cut back on fluids without feeling super thirsty.

      Good luck!

  47. Monica

    Thank you for your article-hope you dont mind me asking a question.
    Im a 27 year old female, 5’3 150 lbs, I have an active job (55 hours a week) that is very physical and is outdoors. I drink 2 16.9 oz bottles of water by noon, and by the end of the day I am usually at the 6-7 bottle range with a small Gatorade squeezed in there. I have always had bp on the lower side ( 90-115 over 55-65) and my urine is always clear yet during the workday I dont urinate that much. I do feel thirsty a lot, but I just want to make sure I take in enough liquids yet not too much. Thank you and sorry for the lengthy comment.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Hi Monica,

      Obviously I can’t give any sort of medical advice. Being outdoors and being physical DO up your need for fluids. You could experiment with making your own gatorade type drink (think: Water, freshly squeezed lemon juice, some salt, and honey to taste) and see if that helps. I’d still have water (or some liquid) on hand because heat dehydration can be scary. So maybe it’s not that you should stop drinking water, just add more to it to help keep your fluids balanced.

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  49. Kristin

    Oh my goodness, I had no idea!!! I’m the pee every hour (or more) gal, and I’m up at the very least 2 times a night, but most of the time 3 or 4 times. I don’t sleep well (obviously) and have cold toes all the time. Headaches have become more frequent, and of course, silly me, I though it was because I wasn’t having enough water. I would drink 25 – 50 oz in one sitting, and then have dry mouth. So many things make sense now. Thank you!!

  50. Jen

    I am drinking water all day long and peeing like crazy (3-4x per hour), but every time I get my blood checked, I come up dehydrated. : /


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Maybe try drinking different fluids to keep things in balance. I love adding lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and some raw honey to my water to keep my hydrated AND keep my cellular fluid from getting diluted.

  51. Emily

    I am another reader suffering from low blood pressure. It dips so low when I’m pregnant that it gets scary that I end up having to stop driving for fear of passing out. Doctors always tell me to drink more water! But, it has never helped. I realize now that I was flushing out minerals that I desperately needed, especially when I was pregnant! I wish I had figured this out sooner!

  52. jenafer

    I disagree with adding salt to your diet IF you have any inflammatory condition. I add Iodine to my diet but not salt. Salt/sodium both cause major inflammation for me, my joints will swell my whole body bloats but what is worse is it effects my intestines. I am an avid water drinker I believe I drink the right amount for myself which is 1/4 to 1/2 of my body weight in ounces. It depends on time of year activity level, being indoors or in the sun. All of these variables effect how much water I need. I have digestive issues which get worse if I drink less water, I also get headaches if I don’t drink enough water. I drink coffee daily to help combat migraines. Many years (23) ago my pediatrician recommended a cup of coffee at the onset of a migraine. I have low absorption of not just minerals and vitamins that are vital to our health but even to prescription medications. If only water were the root cause of my health issues I could fix it quickly.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m so glad you found what works for your body. That’s really the whole point. Do what YOU need. :)

  53. Emilee

    I am really glad I read this. I may very well be over drinking water. I do not drink any other liquids, and always have a mason jar full of water. I eat a plant based diet so I probably consume a lot more water than I think and need, and may consume too little of salt. I am always bloated, I retain so much water, I was afraid to cut back. I also can’t go an hour without going to the bathroom, and wake up at least 2-3 times a night. I’ve also had headaches and fog lately. I wonder if this is the change I need. I live in Hawaii in a warmer climate, but still may be over doing it. Thank you!!

  54. Lisa

    I found this article really interesting! I’ve heard of drinking too much water before, but this article resonated with me. I have all of the symptoms you named, and for years I’ve felt (intuitively) that my anxiety was somehow related to electrolyte imbalance. When I start feeling anxious, it’s salt and water that I crave. It’s definitely something that I’ll look into more.thank you!
    Lisa

  55. Elisabeth

    thank you so much for this article and all those responses from everybody. since i started eating more towards paleo, grainfree and dairy free, i now drink less water. i too get the cold hands, feet and get really cold after i drink my water in the morning. i even get blue lips!! the funny thing is i don’t need to pee more even if i drink lots of water so i though “more water”. will listen to my body now and see what happens :)


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Make sure you still get plenty of quality carbs… it can sometimes be easy to accidentally go low-carb on Paleo which could also result in the cold hands/feet, etc. :)

      1. Elisabeth

        yes, i do eat sweet potatoes, veggies and the pseudo grains quinoa and buckwheat. also lentils/beans even though those are not “allowed” on paleo /:
        before i was gluten free i was cold from the inside out, especially in my head (sounds weird but it’s true)
        it since has gone away!

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  58. Morgan

    Hey errm im 14 and going on holiday soon and im doing the 30 day ab challenge and water challenge for the past say 3 months i have been drinking 4.5 litres of water a day is that too much? I have been getting headaches but i dont if tht is due to my severe hayfever.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      It could be too much. Try cutting back a little, making sure there’s some color in your urine again… or replace some of the water with fruit (which is also high in water but also has sugar and other beneficial elements to keep you body balanced) or add honey, salt, and lemon to your water to make a homemade gatorade type drink.

  59. Karthik

    Hope you are doing good!

    I am drinking nearly 4 liters per day. I dont feel thirsty instead feel like addicted to it, probably my mind is pushing me to intake some water.
    I am not able to sleep peacefully, waking up too often to urinate, My mind is occupied with thoughts even at my sleep this gives me very tired mind and tends to sleep even day time. Is this ’cause I am taking too much water?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      It’s very possible that you are drinking too much water. Try adding some lemon, raw honey, and sea salt (a few dashes… won’t taste salty with the lemon and honey) to your water and that may be enough to help balance your cellular fluids.

  60. jess

    i agree that too much water is bad, as that 8 cups of water thing was taken out of context, and essentially meant any and all liquid intake throughout the day, including ‘liquid’ in your foods/juice/etc. however i DO think that the warning signs you give about people who drink too much water are silly. saying that people who have one water bottle with them throughout the day are likely to be over doing it on water seems like you’re doing the opposite of what those people who tell everyone to drink 8 glasses a day are aiming for. and that water to curb your hunger thing should be noted differently because it’s often that what you THINK is hunger is actually thirst, so you aren’t really using it to stave off food but your body never needed water in the first place. i just think it needed to be more clear bc at first you had me worried after reading those signs! of course going on to read the article you explained it more clearly

    1. Jason

      I agree; just because someone drinks water frequently throughout the day (but small amounts at a time) doesn’t mean that he or she is overdoing it. I tend to think that in general most people who may be overdoing it on 8+ glasses a day are those who are drinking additional liquids like milk, tea, coffee, etc.

  61. "H"

    Hey, I’ve been trying to filter out what’s causing me headaches and migraines I’ve suspected that i drink too much water. I could drink up to 6 liters of water and sometimes more. I’m not so active these days because i’ve been feeling extremely tired and lazy recently (which further verifies it). I try to limit my drinking but i feel so thirsty all the time even if i just had water. My pee is basically water. I never get ‘urine’ actually.
    Any tricks that could help me drink less water? I’m suspecting that the tons of water i have each day is also making me gain weight slightly. I’m not sure about this last statement. could you help me? I try my best not to drink that much but i can’t help it.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Start by adding some salt and raw honey (and lemon) to your water to make it more like your actual body’s fluids. You can also start snacking on fruits when you feel thirsty as they also still have water AND other nutrients to keep your hydrated and balanced. I don’t want you fear water (as it is essential, especially in hot months and active days), but using liquids that are more aligned with our body will help.

  62. Ginger

    It’s frustrating because I am the opposite of what everyone is saying. I rarely drink liquids. And it usually consist of soda and starbucks coffee both of which have caffeine which has been said that can dehydrate you. The only time I found myself drinking water was a sip to take down my thyroid pill. Yet when looking up what are the signs of dehydration and then I wanted to know the opposite both sides have exact symptoms. What is more frustrating is everyone have an opinion and yet nothing ever seems to be ‘not scientifically proven’. Then wth are the scientists doing? I feel everyone loves to contradict one another yet nobody knows what to believe. At this point, I feel common sense and paying attention to your body is the only solution to finding out what your body really needs. Just like the food pyramid. Too me, it sounds like too much food, yet is that proven by scientist. I have a headache already from all this.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I think you are spot on with this: Common sense and paying attention to your body.

      If more people did this we’d have a lot less problems.

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  65. Deborah

    I have recently moved to Italy, from Spain so not much of a climate change, but what has changed is the lack of a car. I am now cycling everywhere adn sometimes I have no choice but to cycle at the hottest time of the day (for work). I have upped my water intake in the last week and have become like a balloon in the middle. I think I must be drinking too much water; my urination hasn’t increased but my waistline has. No other elements – diet, alcohol consumption – have changed. I’m going to reduce from 1.5 litres of water a day back to my considerably lower water intake.
    Why I stopped listening to my body, I’ll never know!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Keep in mind that it is really important to stay hydrated and if you are doing more exercise you may need more fluids, but consider making your own gatorade or fresh squeezed lemonade (made with honey and salt) which will help keep you balanced AND hydrated. :)

      1. Doris M. Livezey

        My chiropractor said I should drink half my weight in ounces because my discs are very dried out and bulging. That’s five 16 oz bottles a day. But my acupuncturist said she throught that was a strain on my kidneys.I have had cold hands and feet my entire life. I take thyroid meds for that.
        However, if I don’t drink at least 4 bottles, I have difficulty with a bowel movement. Listen to my body – my body doesn’t seem to have a comment except for the bowels. Is there a test they can do from a urinanalysis?


        1. Post author
          Robin Konie

          I’m sure there’s some sort of test, but I don’t know what that might be. Consider keeping your fluid uptake high but replacing some of your water with either high water fruits and veggies or making your own homemade gatorade by adding lemon, salt, and honey to the water. That will help keep your body more balanced while still keeping your fluids high to help your bulging disc.

  66. Linda

    It’s all about “common sense” and listening to your own body!
    It’s also all about WHERE you live!
    It’s also all bout WHAT season you are in!
    It’s also all about whether or not you are exercising and how much exercise you do get!
    Yes, no one should believe that the 8 glass suggestion is right for them….it all depends on the above!!!

    1. Linda

      In addition it also depends on what medication and/or vitamins a person takes!
      Also, do you FLY as a profession or travel regularly on business?
      Remember that your body IS made up of mostly water and various things DO deplete the body of water!

  67. Aurarus

    I’ve been drinking 3 to 5 glasses of water every hour of the day…

    That being said, by diet included lots of salt OR sugar. Of course, after I eat, I drink more than usual (4 to 5 glasses in that hour) but then I slow down to 2 or 3.

    I figured that isn’t normal, even if it is summer.

    … Or is it? I still have no idea. I don’t force myself to drink, I just drink water whenever I’m thirsty.

    I would try and figure out if I have any of those symptoms, but I feel as if those symptoms exist in 95% of people anyway.

    Decreased metabolism
    Decreased mental clarity
    Headaches
    Insomnia
    Cold hands/feet
    Decreased emotional well being

    ^ Sounds very… Broad.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      For me the cold hands and feet and the frequent night wakings were the real indicator for me… and went away when I found a better balance of fluids.

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  70. Peta

    I’ve found that an insatiable thirst is usually satisfied by a raw fruit or vegetable if one cup of water is not sufficient. It seems to be a need for the natural fresh minerals.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I can’t really say since I don’t know your conditions, whether or not you’ve just worked out, etc.

  71. Hanna

    I enjoyed reading your article. I believe you brought up valid points. We need to listen to our bodies more! I am guilty of telling people to drink more water. (Nurse) There are so many factors that go into the amount of water you need. There seems to be two kinds of people..ones that never drink water and ones that drink way too much water. If your pee smells and looks like morning pee all the time you need more water….and if it’s so pale you can’t even tell you peed then you are probably drinking too much.

  72. wad

    dear robin
    i liked what you posted but what chould i do about my condition i drink way wayyy to mush water forget about 8 glces a day i drink about 8 L a day and not because i’m forcing myself or anythig i just like drinking plain water is somthing wrong with me chould i be concerned about this


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      If you’re worried or have some of the symptoms discussed above I would seek out the help of a professional. You need someone who knows you and your personal history. Good luck!

  73. Kiro

    Drinking 5 liters of water a day when not eating (and hence consuming no salt) can cause water intoxication. Drinking about 15 liters of water per day when you are eating (and thus consuming salt) would be needed to cause water intoxication with hyponatremia.

  74. Amanda

    Wow – I didn’t realise this! I swig down water all day long, thinking I’m doing my body a favour. Interesting about your blood pressure normalising too – last time I was tested my BP was 50/80! Maybe I’ll skimp on the drink until i feel thirsty now!

  75. Charlie

    Robin, I drink maybe 30 ounces of water a day, MAX!!! usually one pint of water during the night then maybe some water during the day. I drink about 3 cups of coffee a day all with milk and sugar, and drink a lot of alcohol during the week because of being very social. Usually 1-2 alcoholic drinks a night, i might have 2 nights off from alcohol a week. I weigh about 148lbs, i get headaches, im sluggish, i dont sleep well, or rather im a very light sleeper although i do pee a lot, and my pee is not that dark at all, pretty healthy i would say. But i would like to start drinking more to begin to lose weight, but im scared now of just how much – somewhere told me 2 litres a day but now im afraid of flooding my brain or something – how much is healthy!? i want to start drinking more but drinking ‘as and when’ just wont work for me as its not working now . I want a goal of water to drink a day but i dont want to harm my body. What can i do? Where should I start? How much is a good amount to start with every day? Thanks hun. x


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’d probably start by cutting back on coffee and alcohol if possible as that will help your health a lot. As for the water, don’t stress too much about it. Drink when you are thirsty. Consider making your own homemade electrolyte drink (a simple google search with give you lots of recipes) and that will help a lot.

  76. Tammie Umbel

    Hello,

    Your authoritative writing style really bothers me- unless of course you are a trained medical professional. I have long told people- those that push water, water, water- that they can over do it. You can overdo anything. If one has studied biology one will understand the concept of osmosis. Also how water will dilute minerals etc. in the body. However, your article will really discourage people who do need more liquids to start taking in less. And drinking more water increases blood volume, thus increases blood pressure not decreases it. People with very low blood pressure often highly benefit from IV’s etc. which infuses them with fluid. As for breast feeding mothers- merely drinking water will not help your milk too much. You need calories along with the water so herbal teas like milk thistle is good.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m sorry my style bothers you. So kind of you to say. I’ve tried to repeatedly say that water is essential, I just know how many health nuts (me included) can over do something that’s good. I feel like I’ve put in plenty of information to keep anyone from stopping water altogether, but we can agree to disagree.

  77. Dave J

    Here’s a way to cut down on water intake: don’t drink during meals, This accomplishes a number of things, like no diluting your stomach acid (so your food get digested better), and forces you to chew more, which also helps break food down more and also stimulates the production of digestive enzymes in the mouth. Win win win.

  78. Thomas

    I have noticed after many years of having late night food cravings that when I think I hungry I’m really thirsty, because one time I drank some water instead of snaking and found that I felt satisfied and sometimes and orange satisfies me along with the water.
    I have gotten pretty smart at recognizing the signal I usually crave chili right out of the can or Velveeta sliced cheese or luncheon meat. A lot of times if I’m shaky It has been thought in my family you have to eat something sweet but that does nothing for me, but if I have a drink water then I feel like a million bucks. My mother has low blood pressure like you and can’t get any help from here doctor and she gets out of breath climbing the stairs in our house and she has had bad kidneys here whole life. she is also allergic to moltron and ibuprofren and tylenol. Is there anything you could suggest for her from you experience with low blood pressure.


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      Robin Konie

      Hard to say, Thomas, as there are SO many factors to consider and I’m not a doctor. But I’d definitely make sure she’s including a quality sea salt into her diet and maybe some trace minerals, too. Those things have helped me a lot.

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